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The Beatrice High School marching band will begin its competition season this weekend in Falls City.

Marching band competitive seasons usually include a month of weekly competitions on Saturdays, as well as weeks of practice before school even starts. This year, BHS marching band students went to band camp around the end of July into the beginning of August.

“We start our season with a camp before the kids even come back to school,” said Andrew Johnson, BHS band director. “That culminates with the exhibition performance here for parents and friends.”

During school, the band practices at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and come in 30 minutes earlier Tuesdays and Thursdays. Johnson said they do this to get help them learn the show more and get everything done.

This year the band will be playing “Pandora Reopened," a show based off the Greek myth of Pandora's Box. Johnson interprets the show as occurring many years after Pandora opened the box. The band uses color guard to represent things both inside and outside the box.

“We will kind of corral them back into the box and so then we celebrate, but then because we are humans we move into a time of dread due to human curiosity,” Johnson said.

During the time of dread, the box will then be reopened and a white figure emerges at the end representing hope, according to Johnson. Johnson said he tried to be very vague with the concepts and thinks it is something that everyone will enjoy.

Senior trumpet player, Grant Meyer, said his favorite part about the show is how creative and unique it is. Both Meyer and senior Sydney Macnett, who plays piccolo, agree that show has come a long way because of the hard work the band has put into it.

“We’ve worked to get so far so quickly," Macnett said. "we have so much done in such a little amount of time and we’ve been doing really good this year.” 

The band has performed the show at three home football games this year. Johnson said that he has heard positive feedback from fans about the show. He said that going to competition will be good for the students to hear feedback from others, as well.

“It’ll be good to go and get feedback from some other directors that are judging us this week that are not myself and other teachers, because they get tired of hearing the same people all the time,” Johnson said.

The band will be preforming their show at the Jug Brown Stadium in Falls City this Saturday at 5:45 p.m.  

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